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Gauze with flame pattern in gold and silver
Date:Western Han (206 BCE-9 CE)

Dimensions: Length: 62cm; width: 47cm

Origin: Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui, Changsha City, Hunan Province.

Gauze  is light, thin and transparent tabby silk fabric with apparent square pores. From Han tomb 1 at Mawangdui were unearthed two lengths of gauze with flame pattern in gold and silver. Gold and silver can both be ground into fine powder and mixed with glue to form soil-like paste called soil gold and soil silver. 

The patterns are formed by well-distributed thin curves and some round dots. The curves are either silver-gray or silver-white, and the small round dots are either golden or vermillion. The outer contour of the patterns is lozenge, with each unit 6.1cm long and 3.7cm wide. The lozenges are intricately and consecutively arranged and the whole length of fabric has altogether 13 units of patterns. The lines of the patterns are tightly distributed, with a space of less than 1 millimeter. There is no case of swollen line causes by over-stained block, nor is there a case of interruption in the pattern despite many crisscross links.